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Joan V. HartleyDEMDemocrat State Senator, District 15
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CTResidence (state)

Joan V. Hartley is an American politician. A Democrat, she has been a state senator from Connecticut since 2001. A resident of Middlebury, she represents all of Waterbury, the northern part of Naugatuck and the northeastern part Middlebury. Hartley was born in Waterbury and graduated from Elms College and received a M.A. from Trinity College. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Hartley served as a Connecticut state representative representing the 73rd District from 1984 to 2000.Hartley is generally considered one of the most conservative members of the Democratic caucus. She voted against redefining marriage as the legal union of two persons, guaranteeing equal protection under the law for same-sex couples. In 2011, Hartley and Paul Doyle were the only two Democrats to vote against transgender rights legislation.In December 2008, Hartley was removed as the Chairwoman of the Higher Education Committee.In 2008, Hartley was one of three Democrats who supported Rell's proposal for a Three Strikes Law against career violent criminals. In 2009, Hartley was the only Democrat in the State Senate that did not vote to override Rell's veto of the Healthcare Partnership bill, thereby preventing the bill from becoming law.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Trinity College
MA
Elms College
BA
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore
Connecticut State Senate
2021 - Current
Deputy President Pro Tempore
Connecticut State Senate
2013 - 2021
Senator
Connecticut State Senate
2001 - Current
Representative
Connecticut State House of Representatives
1985 - 2000
Assistant Majority Leader
Connecticut State House of Representatives
1989
Former Assistant President Pro Tempore
Connecticut State Senate
Former Educator
Connecticut Schools
Other Experience1 - 9 of 9
Member
Charter Revision Commission
1983
Member
State Issues' Committee on Education, National Conference of State Legislatures
Former Chair
Regulations Review Committee, Connecticut State Senate
Former Co-Chair
Subcommittee on Transportation, Connecticut State Senate
Former Co-Chair
Subcommittee on Regulation and Protection, Connecticut State Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Regulation and Protection, Connecticut State Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Higher Education, Connecticut State Senate
Former Member
Legislative Management Committee, Connecticut State Senate
Former Vice Chair
Insurance and Real Estate Committee, Connecticut State Senate